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SUSFERT

Sustainable multifunctional fertilizer – combining bio-coatings, probiotics and struvite for phosphorus and iron supply

Project details

Type of project
Innovation Action - Demonstration
Project focus
Crop protection & fertilisation
Feedstock origin
Agri-food
Forest-based
Feedstock type
Food industry sidestreams
Lignin & wood residues
Project period
1 May 2018 - 31 October 2023
Status
In progress
CBE JU Contribution
€ 6 549 154,69
Call identifier
H2020-BBI-JTI-2017

Summary

SUSFERT will develop multifunctional fertilisers for phosphorus and iron supply. Phosphorus is essential for crop production but is currently based on non-renewable resources. The SUSFERT project will develop sustainable new sources for novel fertilisers to partly or fully replace existing sources.

Specifically, it will reduce non-renewable phosphorus in fertilisers by 40 per cent, replace synthetic chelates for iron fertilisation, replace synthetic controlled release coatings and produce four compound fertilisers.

The overall objective for SUSFERT is to develop multifunctional fertilisers for phosphorus and iron supply that fit into existing production processes and EU agricultural practice. The specific objectives are to:

  • Obtain compatible probiotic and sustainable solutions for phosphorus and iron fertilisation;
  • Achieve cost effective enzymatically-modified lignin based coatings for product stabilisation and controlled release;
  • Produce microbial siderophore for use in fertilisers using a specifically-developed demonstration plant;
  • Develop and produce at least four fertiliser products that are fitting current production and existing application technology;
  • Obtain registration dossiers for organic formulations, granule, microgranule and liquid fertiliser solutions developed, following relevant field trials;
  • Identify the economic and environmental impact of SUSFERT products, their sustainability, any potential barriers to uptake and opportunities for their adaptation.

The SUSFERT project plans to:

  • Decrease existing dependence on rock phosphorus by 40%;
  • Valorise waste and by-products, increasing circular economy effects;
  • Reduce soil contamination;
  • Establish local value chains, contributing to rural communities;
  • Demonstrate novel green technologies.

Disrupting EU dependence on imported fertiliser compounds
09 May 2019
BBI JU SUSFERT project’s highly sustainable bio-based fertilisers will replace conventional products, which are depending heavily on imported rock phosphate, and will valorise waste and by-products of several industries to strengthen the European circular economy.  Read more

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Project coordination

  • RTDS - VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DER KOMMUNIKATION UND VERMITTLUNG VON FORSCHUNG, TECHNOLOGIE UND INNOVATION (RTDS VEREIN, ENGL. RTDS ASSOCIATION) WIEN, Austria

Consortium

  • UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN ANTWERPEN, Belgium
  • AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH WIEN, Austria
  • SAPPI PAPIER HOLDING GMBH GRATKORN, Austria
  • AGRANA RESEARCH & INNOVATION CENTER GMBH WIEN, Austria
  • AGROBIOGEL GMBH TULLN AN DER DONAU, Austria
  • AGRO INNOVATION INTERNATIONAL SAINT-MALO, France
  • UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN WIEN, Austria
  • SAPPI NETHERLANDS SERVICES BV MAASTRICHT, Netherlands
  • TIMAC AGRO DUNGEMITTELPRODUKTIONS UND HANDELS GMBH WIEN, Austria
  • ACIES BIO BIOTEHNOLOSKE RAZISKAVE IN RAZVOJ DOO LJUBLJANA, Slovenia
  • AGRANA STARKE GMBH WIEN, Austria
  • ABITEP GMBH BERLIN, Germany